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Musical Futures: Moving forward

We’re at the end of a couple of days in the beautiful cathedral city of York with our newly formed team of Teacher Associates.

It has been a time to share with our broader team how Musical Futures is shaping and evolving. So where are we at?

Our big vision?

Musical Futures believes in a future where everybody can benefit from the value of making music.

What will Musical Futures do to contribute to this?

Supply tools to primary and secondary schools to help transform mandatory music teaching. We will work in partnership to use the power of creating music to affect individual and social change.

What will never change about Musical Futures?

1) Our core values

Musical Futures learning will always be:

  • Social: people come together through shared activity
  • Inclusive: everyone is entitled to learn music
  • Engaging: learning is practical, hands-on, enjoyable
  • Relevant: it starts with the musical passions and interests of the learner
  • Informal: it is learner-led, and replicates the way musicians teach themselves
  • Varied: integrates performing, listening, improvising, composing, it uses a variety of instruments, technologies and voice, and works across a range of musical styles and genres
  • Progressive: must be clear progression routes no matter what the ability of the participants
  • Respectful: musical ability and social skills of each individual are highly valued

2) The way we work

Musical Futures develops learning models based around informal practices and provides training, support and networking with the people who are working with participants.

What will change about Musical Futures?

1) Our reach

We will be working to improve our offer to secondary/high school teachers via free training, resources and online support. But our intention is to take our core values and operational approach and adapt them into new contexts. Priorities for this are developing a model for primary schools (read our early ideas blog – more info soon) that will work directly with generalist primary teachers. Also looking at workplace learning, working with community partners, and strengthening links and exploring collaborations with international partners.

2) Our organisation

Governance, constitution and income generation will be shifting from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation who has owned Musical Futures as a special initiative for 11 years, to an independent not-for-profit organisation from 1st April 2105.

What are Musical Futures strengths?

Musical Futures is a ground-up movement driven by teachers for teachers, that has tried-and-tested approaches that are proven to engage young people with relevant, progressive music making. Musical Futures main success has been the grassroots drive and support of the teachers and practitioners who not only use the approaches but who innovate with them, and share best practice with others.
Teacher Associates vocalising

What is the role of teacher associates?

Teacher associates will be training and supporting other teachers through Musical Futures free training programme and increasingly via training provided by other organisations i.e. music hubs. Speaking from the heart, authentically and with a real commitment to and passion for increasing the numbers of young people engaging with high quality music making, our team of advocates and deliverers ensure the by teachers for teachers remains at the core of Musical Futures.

Musical Futures is a movement that must keep moving